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San Diego County Income and Earnings, 2016

Media Coverage: September 19, 2017 KPBS – San Diego Poverty Rate Drops Slightly, Disparities Remain   Listen to our Executive Director Dr. Kyra Greene talk about the report on KPBS Midday Edition:    September 18, 2017 San Diego Union-Tribune – Poverty rates drop in San Diego, but there are still big inequities by race  September 14, 2017 Times of San Diego- San Diego Poverty Rate Drops in 2016, But Many Still Struggling    
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SUMMARY OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY FUND BALANCES 2017 REPORT

At the end of Fiscal Year 2016, the County of San Diego had a total of $2.8 billion ($2,783,314,000) in all of its reserve funds. All counties are required to have reserves, which should serve three purposes: to provide security in case of an unforeseen crisis, to offset the cost of shortfalls in revenue for any given year, and to ensure good financial standing so the County can draw investors and encourage economic growth. Download Printable Report   KEY FINDINGS   The County of San Diego has $1.7 billion in unrestricted General Fund reserves.   The General Fund balance has grown by an average of $94 million per year for the past 10 years.   The County could spend $122 million dollars per year, and still leave the $2 billion in the General Fund reserve untouched.   SAN DIEGO COUNTY TOTAL FUND BALANCE  AT END OF FISCAL YEAR 2016   At the end of Fiscal Year 2016, the County of
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THE ECONOMIC COSTS OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S ONGOING SAFETY NET FAILURE

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY San Diego County’s failure to enroll eligible residents in three major federal and state safety net programs – CalFresh, CalWORKs, and Medi-Cal – is costing the local economy nearly $1 billion a year. The County is failing its responsibility to get federal food assistance, cash assistance, and health care to local impoverished families. Besides depriving tens of thousands of families of adequate nutrition and services they need, the continuing low enrollment leaves federal and state money on the table year after year. These funds could greatly boost local businesses and the regional economy. This report examines the current status
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HOUSEHOLD INCOME AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP AMONG ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER GROUPS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

Asians/Pacific Islander (API) is a broad category which obscures the diversity and heterogeneity of the people to whom it refers. However, because most of the API ethnic/ national origin groups make up a relatively small share of the overall US population, it can be challenging for demographers and other researchers to carry out detailed analysis using survey data. In an effort to address this, we use the most recent five years (2009-2013) of survey data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) to examine household income and economic hardship in San Diego County. Click here to download full issue brief.
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SAN DIEGO COUNTY REVENUES AND RESERVES

In SAN DIEGO COUNTY REVENUES AND RESERVES: A comparative analysis of California’s largest counties, CPI reveals that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has accumulated $2.2 billion in unspent reserves,while restricting safety net services during a recession. The county’s end-of-year fund balances total almost 60% of expenditures, compared to an average of 42% among other major California counties, the study found. The report shows that San Diego County further starves its own budget by bringing in unusually low amounts of all types of revenue. “San Diego County has not prioritized the essential health and social services it is obligated
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POVERTY AND INCOME IN SOUTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO

Analysis of regional data from the US Census Bureau 2015 American Community Survey    Poverty in South County: One of every seven people living in the South County region of San Diego County – 14.7% of the population – lived in poverty in 2015. The poverty rate varied across South County cities from 10.6% to 24.7%. Children in Poverty: Children were particularly impacted by poverty throughout the region, especially in two cities: Nearly a third of all children in Imperial Beach and National City lived in households with below-poverty incomes. Low Pay in Key Industries: Among the industries employing the
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POVERTY AND INCOME IN NORTH COUNTY SAN DIEGO

Report describes poverty and income in North San Diego County  Poverty rates in North County vary widely among cities and racial groups Slightly more than 12% of the population of Northern San Diego County lived below the federal poverty level in 2015. The region has less poverty than the 13.8% rate for the entire County, although four North County cities had higher rates. An analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data shows a stark racial difference in North County, where the poverty rate is lower for White people and higher for Latino, Black, and Asian people than in the County overall.
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